Melinda Willingham, MD

Meet Dr. Melinda Willingham of Decatur Pediatric GroupDr. Willingham joined the Decatur Pediatric Group in November 2001. Prior to joining the Decatur Pediatric Group, Dr. Willingham practiced medicine in the state of Georgia as a staff pediatrician at Gwinnett Medical Center from 1998 through 2001.

Dr. Willingham received her Bachelor of Science degree in Microbiology from the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa in 1990 and completed her Doctorate of Medicine in 1995 from Howard University School of Medicine in Washington, DC. 

Dr. Willingham is board certified and a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the Georgia Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics. She has served on numerous committees within the local chapter to include the the Legislative committee since 2006. She has been the Chair of the Legislative committee since 2009. In 2007, she was awarded the Pediatric Leadership Alliance Award and the Young Physician of the Year in 2008.  In 2010, Dr. Willingham received the Special Achievement Award. More recently in 2016, she received the Outstanding Achievement Award which is given to the Chapter member for outstanding achievement in pediatrics including patient care, teaching, research, advocacy, and chapter service. 

Dr. Willingham currently serves on the national AAP’s Committee on Federal Government Affairs which provides strategic guidance on child advocacy with the White House, Congress, and federal agencies and was recently appointed to Chair this committee. 

She continues to work with numerous national AAP councils, sections, and committees including the Section on Telemedicine and Practice Management.

Dr. Willingham is an adjunct faculty at Emory University and Morehouse Medical College. Lastly, Dr. Willingham has co-authored a chapter on Failure to Thrive in Succinct Pediatrics and has given numerous presentations in the community as a professional speaker.

Dr. Willingham has dedicated her efforts to provide the utmost quality care by utilizing the latest technology available to revolutionize the practice of medicine and deliver the best quality medical care to her patients in the Atlanta community.

She feels that it is important to be an advocate for all children and agrees with Marian Edelman Wright and John F. Kennedy who once said – “If we don’t stand up for children, then we don’t stand for much” because “children are the world’s most valuable resource and its best hope for the future.”